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This June, Saab will present some of the results of over 75 years’ development and production of world-leading air defence solutions and commercial aviation at the 50th International Paris Air Show 2013.

Paris Air Show began more than a century ago and is the world's oldest and largest aviation show. The event will be held at the Le Bourget exhibition centre on 17-23 June 2013. The show will be open for general public on June 21-23.

Besides Gripen fighter system and Gripen Cockpit Simulators, Saab’s products on display would include Saab 340 Maritime Security Aircraft, Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C and Skeldar V-200 Land.

Visitors can find Saab in its pavilion and static display position D-146 and at chalet no. A-278, where it will be holding some thought-provoking briefings.​

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Gripen’s aerial display at the Kecskemet Air show to be held on 3-4 August is expected to be a major draw for thousands of visitors expected at the event.  In this year’s Air Show, Captain Viktor Langó is expected to lead the Gripen displays. In an article in honvedelem, Viktor Langó recalls his childhood growing up in the vicinity of the Kecskemét military air base.

Langó recounts his childhood experience of attending the first ever air show in Kecskemét with his father. 

Langó started flying at the age of 16 with a glider. At 18 he applied for the Kilián College and for the transportation engineering course at the University of Technology in Budapest, with the intention of studying there at the aircraft engineering faculty. However, when he heard about a Canadian training opportunity, he applied there as well, and after several theoretical and practical preparatory courses, in 2005, he travelled to Canada to join the programme. 

His training consisted of aerobatics, formation flights, low-altitude navigation and visits to a number of civil and military air bases. The Hungarian trainee pilot mastered his basic flying skills on Harvard II and Hawk. Combat training took place at the Cold Lake air base. After returning home, Langó joined up as a pilot in 2007.

“At present, one of my major tasks is to compile this year’s aerobatics programme based on my fellow pilots’ experiences. The routine will be built on the choreography followed by my excellent predecessors, with some additions ...


Saab has announced a contest in which the winner will get to fly a Gripen Simulator in Linköping!

As a part of this contest, Saab has created a webpage to reach out to the people in Sweden and to tell them what Saab is really doing.  

The page invites people who know Saab as a global defence and security company with businesses all over the world to test their knowledge about Saab and a get a glimpse of what one of the world’s leading tech companies is doing.

One can participate in the quiz by visiting the webpage​  and answering a few set of questions.  The winner will be picked out in the second week of June. The Simulator is normally used to educate and train pilots. Soon, it may be your turn to be in the pilot's seat!

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Czech Air Force Gripens might be sent to protect the Baltic countries again in 2015, says a news report in ceskenoviny

"We are ready to repeat the mission in 2015," Prime Minister of Czech Republic Petr Necas said. 

Petr Necas, after meeting with his Latvian counterpart Valdis Dombrovskis, told the journalists that both he and Dombrovskis agreed that the Czech-Latvian relations are good and the two countries also want to intensify bilateral economic cooperation.

Czech Republic has been on a mission to protect the Baltic airspace in 2009 and 2012 as well.

Read the full story:  Czechs May Protect Baltic Countries' airspace again in 2015-Necas​​

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Saab is upgrading its bid for Brazil's FX-2 jet fighter purchase plan, reports

Saab is one of the three leading contenders for Brazil's jet fighter replacement program FX-2, the other two contenders being Boeing and France's Dassault. 

According to the report, Saab aims to compete successfully for a role not just in the Brazilian Air Force, but also in the Brazilian Navy and hence it is seriously concentrating on its Sea Gripen project. Commander Romulo Sobral recently flew the Gripen D to test if it has flight qualities compatible with the flying qualities desirable for naval aircraft based on aircraft carriers.

Brazil's FX-2 jet fighter acquisition program coincides with a vigorous campaign by the government and local defense industry to develop indigenous aviation industry.

Read the full story:Saab upgrading bid for Brazil FX-2 contest​

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Defence Minister Karin Enstrom visited Blekinge Wing F17, based in Kallinge, Sweden, last week. The minister also flew the Gripen during this visit.

According to a report in  regeringen, F17 is very important for Sweden's air combat capabilities and the government took the decision on 21 March to invest extensively in it.

“The investments made now means that we secure the future abilities both for combat aircraft and helicopters,” says Karin Enstrom.

F17 has a total 40 aircraft and its pilots train a lot to hone their safety and tactical skills. F 17 is responsible for incident preparedness. The Wing’s aircraft are at constant readiness for take-off should it be necessary to intercept, identify and, if necessary, turn away foreign aircraft that voilate Swedish territory.

Read the full story:Defense Minister Karin Enstrom visited Blekinge Wing

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"Whenever Hungarians hear the word Gripen, they can translate it into two things: on one hand a perfect and a state of art fighter aircraft, and on the other hand they understand and translate the word into a fantastic long term economic programme i.e. the Gripen offset program we are realizing now," says Dr. Szabo Sandor, Head of Offset Section, Ministry of Economy and Transport, Hungary.

The video shows various Gripen operators talking about their experiences with the fighter aircraft so far and how its high performance and low cost combination makes it perfect for their operational requirements. Here is a video of Gripen's success stories.

A delegation of ten people from Thailand, led by Mr. Sutham Phanthusak, President – Senator of Senate of Thailand and Poowanida Kunpalin, Member of the House of Representatives visited Linköping to be briefed about how the work on the latest order of Thailand is proceeding.

According to Pauline Olsson, Campaign Manager at Gripen Export, both the parties discussed not just about the Gripen project and its development, but also about the Thai-Swedish Defence Co-operation in general. 

RAF Waddington.jpgCzech Air Force Gripens, along with 211th Tactical Squadron, Caslav AB (F) CON, L159 ALCA,  212th Tactical Squadron, Caslav AB (F) CON are to participate in the UK Royal Air Force’s Waddington Air Show this year.  

The RAF Waddington International Air Show is held once a year during the first weekend of July at Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincoln. It is the largest of all RAF air shows, regularly attended by over 125,000 visitors. Along with flight displays, there would be ground exhibitions and trade and craft fairs as well.

To know more about the event, please visit the RAF Waddington International Air show’s website​​.

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After being mostly on static displays in 2011 and 2012 air shows, Hungarian Gripens are all set to wow the visitors with their dynamic demonstration at the NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days in September this year.

A news report on the air show’s  website  says that Hungarian Air Force made its debut appearance at Ostrava in 2010 when the Gripen was presented both on the ground and in the air. In the following years, the Hungarian Gripens did not perform any aerial displays though.

“In 2011 an 2012, the aircraft has been presented only in the static park and we are happy that this year, the spectators will have a chance to appreciate the plane´s dynamic demonstration again,” says Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of the Jagello 2000 Association, main organizer of NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days.

One of the largest events of its kind in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, ‘NATO Days in Ostrava’ is a fun filled event for the entire family with static aircraft displays, flying displays, in-flight fuel refueling exercises, exhibitions, display of a wide range of air and land defence equipment used by NATO member countries etc.

Read the full story:  Hungarian Gripens are Coming Back

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